Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam The Wine Teacher


2015 Chardonnay (Qwam Qwmt)


Osoyoos, BC


Golden straw in colour with medium intensity. Well-integrated oak and fruit on the nose with notes of delicate butter and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Well balanced with a creamy texture. The flavours follow the nose along with fresh cream. A medium-plus finish.



2012 Syrah

Siren’s Call

Okanagan Falls, BC


This wine has aged beautifully. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose is layered and complex with aromas of red fruit, black fruit, berries, pepper, chocolate, earth and bramble. Very well balanced with soft silky smooth tannins. The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish. Serve with cranberry/port pork loin, Parmesan cheese or a ripe pear.



2014 Trebbiano

Hester Creek

Oliver, BC


Lemon yellow colour with medium intensity. The nose is a cacophony of honey, stone fruit, pears, herbs and floral notes. Very good balance and body. Lemon, vanilla, honeydew melon, tropical fruit and baking spice on the palate followed by a medium-long finish.



2015 Chardonnay (GFV Saddle Block)


Kelowna, BC


Lemon yellow with medium intensity. Orange peel, honeydew, mango, apple, butter and vanilla on the nose. Well balanced. The palate shows flavours of citrus, spice, apple and melon followed by a medium-long finish with lingering buttered toast.



NV Cristalino

Jaume Serra

Vilanova, Spain


This bottle-fermented bargain bubble truly over delivers. Lemon yellow with light intensity. Citrus and toast on the nose. Good balance and creamy mousse. Clean and refreshing on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish. At this price you can drink this cava every day and why not. Pair with popcorn or salt and pepper ripple chips. I suggest drinking this wine from an ordinary wine glass instead of a flute to best appreciate its aromas and flavours.


(All photos – Sam Hauck)

Sam The Wine Teacher

About Sam The Wine Teacher

Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges. He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.

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